A BOXING coach from Dewsbury is travelling to an international training camp with the Great Britain team.
Mally Maciver, head coach of Bradford College Boxing Club, set off for Kazakhstan yesterday (Thursday) with the GB Boxing Squad.
Maciver is a performance coach with the national squad, and has been chosen as one of a quartet of coaches to take a squad of 18 fighters to the Central Asian country for the 10-day trip.
Kazakhstan is renowned for producing great boxers, winning at least one boxing gold medal in every Olympics since 1996, and Maciver is excited to see the Kazakh system up close.
He said: “The trip will be a chance for our fighters to get in some intense training ahead of the European Games which take place in Minsk in Belarus at the end of June as the countdown to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics continues.
“The GB boxers will be sparring with the Kazakh boxers which will be a great learning experience for them. Kazakhstan is one of the best countries in the world as far as boxing is concerned so it will be great to get a look at how they run their programmes.”
Maciver combines his national coaching duties with running the Bradford College Boxing Club which is open to students on any course at the College.
Bradford’s Olympic hopeful Harris Akbar is among Maciver’s products from the college club, and would likely have made the trip to Kazakhstan with the GB squad if he was not recovering from hand surgery following his silver medal-winning performance in the Under-22 European Boxing Championships in Russia in March.